Eve Green

Eve Green

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by Susan Fletcher
     
 

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Winner of the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award.
"Susan Fletcher's first novel . . . is one of those lyrical books about childhood in which the physical details—the sights, the smells—take on a vividness that's entrancing."—Polly Shulman, New York Times Book Review "Readers who like to plumb the depths of loss and its counterpart—the joy

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Winner of the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award.
"Susan Fletcher's first novel . . . is one of those lyrical books about childhood in which the physical details—the sights, the smells—take on a vividness that's entrancing."—Polly Shulman, New York Times Book Review "Readers who like to plumb the depths of loss and its counterpart—the joy of living—would do well to pick up [Eve Green]."—Jessica Treadway, Chicago Tribune
After her young mother's sudden death eight-year-old Eve is sent to live with her grandparents in rural Wales. In this unfamiliar world, she is told stories about her relatives but is forbidden to ask about her father, an Irish thief who abandoned her mother. When an older girl in town disappears, Eve is drawn into the longstanding secrets and suspicions of her town. A rare page turner, Eve Green is a dramatic story about a grievous error of judgment.

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Elizabeth Berg
“Full of grace, wisdom, lyricism, and heart.”
Publishers Weekly
A pregnant young woman reflects on her childhood in a tight-knit Wales community in Fletcher's debut, a novel rich-sometimes too rich-in melancholic, misty atmosphere and poetic poignancy. When Eve's mother dies unexpectedly, the seven-year-old is sent to live with her loving, hard-working grandparents. She devours stories about distant relatives, but is forbidden to ask about her father, an Irish thief who deserted her mother; her only knowledge of him comes from her mother's heartfelt diaries ("In the rain K's hair looks like feathers"). Fletcher is a gifted writer-her turn on loss ("[it] billowed out before me, snapping at itself and pulling me with it, streaming out over the sheep hills like a funeral flag...") is especially lovely-but the novel often feels overwrought. When a local girl, Rosie, disappears, Eve is dragged into the town's snarled relations in familiar ways, with familiar characters. (Fletcher's debt to Harper Lee includes Billy Macklin, a deformed man ostracized after a head injury that supposedly made him insane, and who is revealed to be gentle and kind.) The dreamy emotionality of the prose takes away from the book's more subtle and singular scenes, such as the awkward, bewitching meeting of Eve and Rosie, child rivals for an older man's love. Such moments-stark, troubling and unresolved-are too rare in a novel about devotion and guilt. Agent, Vivienne Schuster. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Eve Green never knew her father and, as a child, faced the horror of her mother's suicide. Now 29, she looks back at her first year of bereavement. She was eight, in their flat in Birmingham, when her mother climbed into a warm bath and took too many pills. The child's grandparents provided a loving home on their farm in a remote Welsh valley, but some villagers who knew her Irish father saw her as a troublemaker like him. Daniel, their farmhand, became a close friend along with Billy, a recluse with a badly burned face. She rebelled against her grandparents' rules, but knew that they loved her and finally reciprocated. Seeking revenge against a villager who constantly denigrated her, Eve tried to implicate him in the abduction of a schoolmate and was humiliated when her lie was exposed. Eventually, she learned her father's identity, and she and Daniel now await the birth of their baby. Though the flashbacks are occasionally confusing, any teen who has lost a parent can identify with the protagonist's feelings of grief, abandonment, fear, anger, and rebellion.-Molly Connally, Chantilly Regional Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393327984
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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